Winter tires are def­i­nitely worth it, says OPP

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On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice (OPP) wants to en­sure driv­ers stay safe dur­ing the up­com­ing snowy sea­son while trav­el­ing on the roads.

Winter tires

Winter tires are de­signed to move wa­ter. If the wa­ter isn’t moved away fromthe area in front of the tire, the car will hy­droplane. The tire tread has grooves and chan­nels to­move wa­ter away to the sides, al­low­ing the tire to stay in con­tact with the sur­face.

Put­ting­win­ter tires on your ve­hi­cle:

• im­proves trac­tion and con­trol in frost, snow and icy con­di­tions

• short­ens brak­ing dis­tances by as much as 25 per cent

Be sure to in­stall four­win­ter tires – never mix dif­fer­ent types of tires on one ve­hi­cle.

Check your tires reg­u­larly for wear and pres­sure. Cold weather can bring down your tire pres­sure, and worn or dam­aged tires­make it harder to drive safely.

How to rec­og­nize a winter tire

The eas­i­est way to know a tire has been de­signed specif­i­cally for se­vere snow con­di­tions is to look for the three­p­eak moun­tain snowflake sym­bol right on the tire.

All-sea­son tires

All-sea­son tires don’t work the same on snow, ice or cold pave­ment. Thestop­ping dis­tance of a car with winter tires can­beup to 30 to 40per cent shorter than one with all-sea­son tires. The most im­por­tant part of a winter tire is ac­tu­ally its rub­ber com­pound. They a re de­signed to stay soft in freez­ing tem­per­a­tures, and very ef­fec­tive for 7 de­grees Cel­sius and be­low. The tread com­pound used in all-sea­son tires of­fers lit­tle cold weat h e r t ra c t i o n and be­comes hard, los­ing pli­a­bil­ity and trac­tion in freez­ing tem­per­a­tures. Winter (snow) tires, how­ever, are de­signed to help de­liver safety and con­trol in snow, slush, rain, ice and cold weather.

Driv­ing in winter weather

Winter weather can be un­pre­dictable but some ex­tra prepa­ra­tion and cau­tion can help you stay safe. Be­fore you leave • Check the weather fore­cast. If it looks bad, de­lay your trip if you can

• Visit Track my Plow to find out where plows are on pro­vin­cial high­ways (avail­able in Lon­don, Chatham, Owen Sound, Ni­a­gara/Hamilton, Peel/Hal­ton, Toronto, York, Durham, Sim­coe County, Ot­tawa, Huntsville, Kingston West, Kingston East and Ban­croft ar­eas)

• Use On­tario 511 to check road con­di­tions: web: on­tario.ca/511 Twit­ter: @511On­tario dial 511 ( hands- free, voice- ac­ti­vated phone ser­vice)

• Clear ice and snow from your win­dows, lights, mir­rors and roof

Be pre­pared

Have emer­gency sup­plies with you – a charged cell phone, non-per­ish­able food, wa­ter, flash­light, blan­ket, warm clothes, jumper ca­bles, shovel and trac­tion mats or sand.

The num­ber one cause of mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sions dur­ing snowy con­di­tions is speed - driv­ing too fast for road and weather con­di­tions. Re­mem­ber – ice and snow – keep it slow!

Visit https://www.on­tario. ca/ page/ winter- driv­ing for moreWin­ter Driv­ing Tips.

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